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Design matters
Design guidelines update
Sidewalk safety
South Sloan's Lake
Golden Triangle
Zoning code amendments
Renew your RNO
Permit counter hours
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In Denver, design matters
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Hogshead Brewery, winner of a 2013 Mayor's Design Award
A message from Rocky Piro, manager of Denver CPD     
Recently, I joined Mayor Hancock in celebrating the best that Denver has to offer in design and place-making through the annual Mayor's Design Awards. Fifteen winning projects spanned the spectrum from single-family homes and coffee shops to multi-family developments. The projects are very different from one another. But somehow each project honors the things Denverites hold dear: livability; sustainability; respect for history and context; and improving the public realm.

The Mayor's Design Awards capped off a year of great design-related events in Denver. In my short tenure with the city, I have been both fascinated and delighted with the serious attention given to urban design as an important aspect of what makes Denver special. 
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City to update its historic design guidelines
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Design guidelines adopted 1995

In an effort to make them more user-friendly, Denver is updating the design guidelines used to evaluate building projects for local landmarks and properties in historic districts.


The design guidelines help ensure that proposed projects preserve key historic features and are compatible with the character of historic buildings, sites and districts. But the current guidelines, adopted in 1995, are difficult to navigate, have few illustrations and do not reflect recent advances in building and construction -- including energy-efficient technology.


New guidelines will outline a "how-to" approach and will provide easy-to-follow charts and graphs so that homeowners and design professionals can more easily navigate through the design review and permitting process.


As part of the update process, city landmark preservation staff is soliciting input from the community. Please join us for the first of two public workshops on December 9.


Landmark preservation design guidelines workshop

Monday, Dec. 9, 6 p.m.

Scheitler Recreation Center, 5031 W. 46th Ave., Denver


For additional information on the project and more opportunities for public input, visit DenverGov.org/Landmark.  


Keep our sidewalks safe this winter
Sidewalk Safety

As the temperatures dip and the snowflakes fly, don't forget that Denver property owners must clear the sidewalks adjacent to their property so that everyone has safe access. After the snow stops falling, homeowners have 24 hours to shovel sidewalks and businesses have four hours. To report an unsafe sidewalk in Denver, dial 3-1-1 or visit DenverGov.org/311


Be a Snow Buddy! Be sure to check on elderly neighbors and offer a hand when you can. Residents can sign up to be a "Snow Buddy" and volunteer to help elderly neighbors shovel their sidewalks by calling 720-264-3379 or visiting www.voacolorado.org/Volunteer/Snow-Buddies. 

South Sloan's Lake general development plan (GDP)
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Demolition crews recently took down the former St. Anthony's Central Hospital in the West Colfax neighborhood. The property owner, EnviroFinance Group, has been working on a general development plan for the 24-acre site for about a year. General development plans lay out basic infrastructure and land-use concepts related to street grid, open space, wastewater, utilities and urban design, and set the stage for more detailed site development that follows.


The Denver Planning Board is expected to review the South Sloan's Lake general development plan at a public hearing on December 18 at 3 p.m. at the Wellington Webb Municipal Building, room 4.F.6. To view the plan, visit our website. 

Golden Triangle plan meeting December 11
golden triangle neighborhood plan Join us for the next community workshop meeting for the Golden Triangle neighborhood plan! We will be presenting draft concepts of the plan and soliciting additional ideas and feedback for the future of the neighborhood.

Golden Triangle neighborhood plan meeting 
Wednesday, Dec. 11, 5:30 p.m.  
1041 Acoma St., Denver
For meeting details and a summary of our public outreach to date, visit DenverGov.org/GoldenTriangle.   

Proposed zoning code amendments available for review

The Denver Community Planning and Development department has proposed a series of amendments to the text of the Denver zoning code. The proposed changes include zoning adjustments in response to market trends in specific industries as well as clarifications that make the code clearer and more user-friendly. Many of the amendments come in direct response to the needs of permit customers and Denver residents who have provided feedback to city staff.

A draft of the series of proposed zoning code text amendments is now available for public review and comment; view it by visiting DenverGov.org/CPD or clicking here. 
Map lovers unite!
Wednesday, November 20 is "GIS Day" around the world, and we're celebrating here in Denver. Geographic information systems allow Denver to manage and share information about our city, and plan for the future.

Stop by the Wellington Webb Municipal Building at 201 W. Colfax on Wednesday, November 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for speakers, vendors and games related to GIS applications. Or come by anytime this week to see displays about cool Denver maps and mapping tools, as part of Geography Awareness Week. You can also check out tons of city data by visiting DenverGov.org/maps.
Renew your RNO this winter
Strong neighborhood groups are key to the health, safety and prosperity of Denver's diverse communities. Each year, registered neighborhood organizations are asked to renew their registration with the City and County of Denver. Annual renewals ensure that city departments are using up-to-date contact information to communicate with active neighborhood groups. The renewal period is December 1 through January 31. To renew your organization's registration, or to learn more about neighborhood organizations, please visit DenverGov.org/RNO
Updated hours for commercial zoning
Beginning January 2014, the hours for commercial zoning services at the Development Services permit counter will change. The new hours will be 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please sign in at the kiosk by 3:30.

All other services, including commercial and residential same-day review hours, will remain the same. View our hours or check in at the permit counter online
In the news
In November, our building inspectors found that the electrical systems at a northwest Denver hotel were badly damaged, creating a severe safety hazard for its occupants. Inspectors worked with Xcel Energy to suspend electrical service to the building. Multiple news outlets including 7News, the Denver Post and Fox 31 covered the multi-agency effort to crack down on crime and public safety issues at this building. 
Upcoming events

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
201 W. Colfax Ave., Denver

CDOT & City of Denver I-70 east EIS project meeting

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Orientation: 5 p.m. 
Swansea Rec. Center, 2650 East 49thAve., Denver    DenverGov.org/NDCC 

Landmark preservation design guidelines workshop

Monday, Dec. 9, 6 p.m.
Scheitler Recreation Center, 5031 W. 46th Ave., Denver

North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative
Town hall meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Forney Museum, 4303 Brighton Blvd.     

Golden Triangle neighborhood plan meeting

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 5:30 p.m.

1041 Acoma St., Denver   

Cherry Creek zoning Technical Task Force meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 17, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
299 Milwaukee St., Denver

New Partners for Smart Growth Conference

February 13-15, 2014          
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